Please join us for a new documentary about the life of Cesar Chavez – A Song for Cesar – premieres in cities throughout the country during Cesar Chavez Month.
We hope you’ll share this exciting news with your networks, students, family and friends so they can all experience this unique telling of Cesar’s life and legacy!
There will be a panel on a film on the occasion of its screening at the Quad Cinema on March 11 and 12th.
A Song for Cesar presents a previously untold story of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. Through interviews, performances, stunning archival footage and photographs, and a rich original soundtrack, the film features the musicians and artists – including Joan Baez, Maya Angelou, and Carlos Santana and many others – who dedicated their time, creativity, and even reputations to peacefully advance Cesar Chavez’s movement to gain equality and justice for America’s struggling farmworkers. The documentary also explores other facets of Cesar’s life – from childhood to his final days – revelations that, until now, have not been shared on screen.
Filmmakers Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria spent more than a decade producing this labor-of-love documentary honoring Cesar Chavez and highlighting the importance and effectiveness of peaceful protest to bring about positive social change.
The initial inspiration for the film was a song about Cesar Chavez written by Abel and Jorge Santana, the latter who sadly passed in 2020. While writing the song titled “Song for Cesar,” Abel and Jorge felt the inspiration of Cesar and the farmworkers enter their studio. When they shared the song set to a short video with their friend Maya Angelou, she insisted they make a full documentary about how the farmworker movement was lifted by so many musicians and artists of the time, adding “this is not only your song, it is my song, it is everybody’s song!” Of course, they could not resist Maya, and the documentary A Song for Cesar was born.
We are thrilled this film is debuting in theaters – bringing new perspectives and time-honored lessons to all those who fight for justice and equality!
To learn more about the film and play dates around the country, please visit www.songforcesar.com